Jim Garvey, of Metairie, was elected president Wednesday of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Garvey, an attorney, is starting his third term on BESE.

He succeeds Chas Roemer, of Baton Rouge, who did not seek a third term on the board.

BESE sets policies for about 720,000 public school students statewide.

Garvey is generally aligned with panel members who favor major changes in public schools.

He is also less likely to spark controversy than Roemer, who was embroiled in Common Core and other arguments during his time as president of the panel.

Garvey is one of just three BESE members who served on the previous board.

Retirements, election defeats and Gov. John Bel Edwards replacing former Gov. Bobby Jindal’s three appointees have given the board a new look.

BESE also elected Holly Boffy, who lives in Lafayette, as vice president of the board.

Kira Orange Jones, of New Orleans, will be secretary-treasurer.

All three officers serve one-year terms.